Mathematics Major: Concentration in Secondary Education

Admission Requirements for the Mathematics Major

Rigorous high school coursework and strong SAT scores with above average grades in mathematics and computer science courses.

Requirements for a Major in Mathematics

Students must complete a core of six mathematics courses and one computer science class and in addition select one of three concentrations.

Core Courses(25 credits)
MA-200Calculus I4
MA-201Calculus II4
MA-240Theory of Proof4
MA-260Linear Algebra3
MA-310Calculus III4
MA-470Capstone Experience3
Ancillary Course
CS-135Programming for Non-CS Majors3
Total Credits25

MA-200, MA-201 and MA-240 must be completed with grades of at least C- by the end of the sophomore year. A student may only retake any of these courses at most once to increase a grade below C-; and may retake at most two of these courses to increase a grade below C-.

Requirements for the Concentration in Secondary Education

MA-302Probability and Statistics3
MA-309Topics in Mathematics for Middle and Secondary Teachers3
MA-340Modern Geometry3
MA-405Abstract Algebra3
MA-360Number Theory3
MA-303Mathematical Modeling3
Total Credits18

It is recommended that students planning to take the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) for high school certification also complete a physics course.

Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.

Department of Mathematics: Mathematics Major Concentration in Secondary Education Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASC First-Year Seminar (FYS)3
EN-101 College Writing I 3
MA-200 Calculus I 4
CS-135 Programming for Non-CS Majors (QR) 3
LASC LASC Elective (GP)3
 Credits16
Semester Two
EN-102 College Writing II 3
LASC LASC Elective (CON)3
MA-201 Calculus II 4
MA-240 Theory of Proof 1 4
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits17
Year Two
Semester Three
MA-310 Calculus III 4
MA-260 Linear Algebra 3
LASC LASC Elective (NSP)3-4
LASC LASC Elective (CA)3
LASC LASC Elective (NSP)3
 Credits16-17
Semester Four
MA-360 Number Theory 3
MA-303 Mathematical Modeling (or MA Elective) 2,3 3
SELECT General Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (NSP LAB)3
LASC LASC Elective (USW)3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
MA-302 Probability and Statistics 3
SELECT General Elective3
MA-340 Modern Geometry 3
SELECT General Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (HBS)3
 Credits15
Semester Six
MA-405 Abstract Algebra 4 3
MA-303 Mathematical Modeling 5 3
LASC LASC Elective (ICW)3
SELECT General Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (TLC)3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
MA-309 Topics in Mathematics for Middle and Secondary Teachers 3
MA-410 Real Analysis 6 3
MA-470 Capstone Experience (WAC) 3
SELECT General Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (DAC)3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
SELECT General Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (QLAC)3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits12
 Total Credits121-122

Once LASC requirements are satisfied, students may select general requirements. Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.

Students should consult with their advisors about minoring in secondary education.